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Brit Liggett
Would You Use Amazon’s Preemptive Return Tool for Gifts You Don’t Want?

Would You Use Amazon’s Preemptive Return Tool for Gifts You Don’t Want?

We've all got relatives that seem to be missing the gift giving gene -- remember those horrible holiday sweaters and itchy scarves of your childhood? Well, Amazon.com has a plan to curb

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Wheego Whip LiFe Electric Vehicle Will Hit the Road in Early 2011

Wheego Whip LiFe Electric Vehicle Will Hit the Road in Early 2011

Close on the heels of the Volt and the Leaf, a little company called Wheego is gearing up to ship their adorable electric vehicles out to their proud new owners at the start of the new year. The

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New Yeast Strain Doubles the Efficiency of Biofuel Production

New Yeast Strain Doubles the Efficiency of Biofuel Production

A team of researchers has developed a new strain of yeast that could make the production of biofuels two times more efficient by breaking down an elusive sugar chain present in plant stems

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Nissan Leaf Challenges Drivers With Efficiency Driving Game

Nissan Leaf Challenges Drivers With Efficiency Driving Game

It turns out the Nissan Leaf has features that will impress more than just the environmentally-conscious drivers -- it has something for video game lovers too. The car comes complete with a

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Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

Single use plastic bag bans and taxes are becoming increasingly popular with governments across the world (though unpopular with most store owners) and now Italy is gearing up to implement their

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Billionaire to Invest $131 Million into Paris Carshare Program

Billionaire to Invest $131 Million into Paris Carshare Program

French businessman and billionaire Vincent Bolloré just announced that he will invest $131 million in Autolib, the Parisian electric vehicle car share program that will be launched in the fall

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World’s First Christmas Tree Powered by an Eel!

World’s First Christmas Tree Powered by an Eel!

This time of year, holiday lights are sucking up power from the grid in enormous proportions - but that's not the case with one very special Christmas Tree in Japan. Housed in an aquarium, this

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Nau’s Felt Origami Pouch Organizes Your Goods During Travel

Nau’s Felt Origami Pouch Organizes Your Goods During Travel

Packing for a trip can be a pain with today's ever-multiplying array of gadgets and gizmos. Most of us stash our chords, cables, cell phones and -- maybe, if you're into the old school ways --

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Newly Discovered Molecule Could Make Rocket Fuel 30 Percent More Efficient

Newly Discovered Molecule Could Make Rocket Fuel 30 Percent More Efficient

Researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have discovered a new molecule that could help to make jet fuel up to 30 percent more efficient. The molecule is made up of just

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World’s Largest Parabolic Trough Solar Plant Gets $1.5 Billion DOE Loan

World’s Largest Parabolic Trough Solar Plant Gets $1.5 Billion DOE Loan

The US Department of Energy just finalized a $1.45 billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar Inc.'s Solana project in Arizona which, when completed, will be the world's largest parabolic trough

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Toshiba Unveils New Solar-Powered E-Book Reader

Toshiba Unveils New Solar-Powered E-Book Reader

eReaders are popping up these days like dandelions on an un-mowed lawn, and truthfully it's hard to sing the praises of their individuality. But Toshiba has decided to give their next gadget a

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McDonald’s Opens With Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

McDonald’s Opens With Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

A new McDonald's restaurant has opened in West Virginia and it seems they've got a trick up their sleeve - EV charging stations in their parking lot. That's right, they've teamed up with

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Nintendo Wii Crowned Most Energy-Efficient Gaming Console

Nintendo Wii Crowned Most Energy-Efficient Gaming Console

A team of researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) had a ton of fun with their most recent study -- they tested the energy usage of the Sony PlayStation 3, the Microsoft Xbox

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Newly Signed Tax Bill Extends Important Green Energy Credits

Newly Signed Tax Bill Extends Important Green Energy Credits

The tax bill that was causing so much contention in Washington has finally been signed and is set to extend much more than the Bush era tax cuts -- it will also give an extension to green energy

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Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Marlon Dabreau wants us all to live in a multifunctional world -- why have many objects that do one thing when you can design everything to be multi-purpose? His Peera toolbox is a perfect

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Dept. of Energy to Give $184 Million to Green Vehicle Development

Dept. of Energy to Give $184 Million to Green Vehicle Development

The US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, announced yesterday that the Department of Energy is poised to provide $184 million for research into advanced vehicle development. The cash is meant to

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California’s First Molten Salt Solar Energy Project Gets Green Light

California’s First Molten Salt Solar Energy Project Gets Green Light

California has just approved a new solar project that could revolutionize how we use energy from the sun - namely because it will be able to keep producing electricity even after night falls.

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DJ Lights: 85 Colorful LED Globes Controlled by Body Movement

DJ Lights: 85 Colorful LED Globes Controlled by Body Movement

If we didn't have to worry about spewing carbon into the atmosphere we would probably be on a plane to Lima, Peru to see this intriguing LED installation called DJ Lights in person. The

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NASA Photographs Highlight Urban Heat Island Problem

NASA Photographs Highlight Urban Heat Island Problem

When reflecting on sustainable design we often get caught up in buildings and their individual points for sustainability. Though we love watching zero-energy homes and LEED certified office

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San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

In a sweeping 10-1 verdict, the San Jose City Council has officially banned all single use plastic shopping bags and barred retailers from giving away paper bags yesterday. The ban will take

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Researchers Find a Way to Recycle 100% of Wrapping Paper

Researchers Find a Way to Recycle 100% of Wrapping Paper

Although beautifully wrapped gifts are one of the joys of the holiday season, it is important to think about where that paper is going to go after it is shredded to pieces while being opened.

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GM Ships First Wave of Chevy Volts from the Detroit Factory!

GM Ships First Wave of Chevy Volts from the Detroit Factory!

Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet Hot on the tails of the first Nissan Leafs to be shipped to dealerships, Chevy announced yesterday that the first load of Volts is en route to customers

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New Device Uses World’s Smallest Animals to Detect Water Toxins

New Device Uses World’s Smallest Animals to Detect Water Toxins

Since 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies, and 3.573 million people die each year from water-related diseases, it's clear that securing safe water sources in communities around

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Project Raises Awareness About Diabetes, Keeps Kids Healthy

Project Raises Awareness About Diabetes, Keeps Kids Healthy

This month the Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away $1.3 million in grants to worthy humanitarian and environmental efforts across the country. A lot of these initiatives are focused on raising

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Giant Wind Farm Will Link New England and New York Power Grids

Giant Wind Farm Will Link New England and New York Power Grids

Though no offshore wind farms have been completed in the United States to date, there is certainly a lot of talk going around about the farms of the future. In addition to Google's recent

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Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Addressing the issues related to reforestation can give way to lengthy conversations -- how do you regrow natural habitats after they've been decimated? However, there is another delicate

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World Bank to Fund Carbon Markets in Developing Countries

World Bank to Fund Carbon Markets in Developing Countries

As COP16 in Cancun, Mexico winds down this week, and high hopes for a world-wide agreement on climate change fade once again, the World Bank has stepped up announcing just yesterday that it

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Takayanagi’s All-Electric Roadster Has a 1920′s Twist

Takayanagi’s All-Electric Roadster Has a 1920′s Twist

Pull out your prohibition apparel because Takayanagi is bringing back a cool new roadster you'll be dying to get behind the wheel of. The Japanese company recently unveiled their throwback to

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Researchers Developing Coral-Like Living Skin for Buildings

Researchers Developing Coral-Like Living Skin for Buildings

Researchers at the University of Greenwich in the UK are developing a carbon negative building material that would not only help fight climate change but protect the structures it is built upon.

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Reclaimed Wood Nightstand Prints and Scans Twitter Photos

Reclaimed Wood Nightstand Prints and Scans Twitter Photos

Sometimes we get nostalgic for printed photos of our friends and family -- remember the days of passing around freshly inked prints of your latest vacation? John Kestner has a solution for that,

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